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I got the key...I got the secret
OK, I am not really a fan of Ben Stiller films and when I saw this advertised I tuned out. Then my daughters said they wanted to see it and being the totally awesome fathers that I am I put aside my opinions and took them to see it. Well.....I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised to see Stiller in a role that wasn't just him goofing around. I could relate to his character somewhat in regards to being a bit of a daydreamer myself and perhaps the feeling that if I'd travelled the world would that make me a more interesting person. This film kind of answered that for me. no it wouldn't. The films overall message for me was that perhaps the greatest adventure is finding (and holding on to) love. A nice bit of escapism and lovely cinematography made this a surprising find for me. I enjoyed it and so did my kids.
Crimson bolt was more like a smear of Grey!
I when I was recommended this film I was told it was like Kickass only better. I am no longer friends with this person.....no really!.
I tried so hard to like it but it just seemed like it wanted to hang on the tails of Kickass. The film did have a melancholy about it but left me thinking that the Crimson Bolt was mental and dangerous rather than fighting crime. When he hits the guy in the movie line for being obnoxious just didn't fit to what I thought his character was trying to achieve. Ellen Page was to good for this film(perhaps because I had seen her in Inception before this) and a Though not a massive Kevin Bacon & Liv Tyler fan they must have had bills to pay to agree to this type of film. I was hoping for something better but it just didn't materialize for me.
Where's Hermoine with her Obliviate spell to make me forget I saw this film
I was so disappointed when I saw this film.
I am a fan of Cruise even if he isn't what you would call a character actor but his films have always had a certain quality and the action is good...if not really good. This film however has got to be one of his worst. As stated in numerous other reviews........this is so reminiscent of Moon but without the superb story and acting by Mr Rockwell. Plus the meeting of the two clones just didn't have much tension in it ...or maybe I was missing something. You'd think that those who are in the movie biz would be aware of films with similar plots etc.... The effects were very good but that wasn't enough to pad out a film that was slow paced and really rather dull to be honest. I wasn't sold on the relationship with his wife either, they didn't have any chemistry at all. Shame really as I though it was going to be so good as well. I have given it 5 out of 10 only for the effects and the Morgan freeman was in it. Otherwise I would have given it less.
The Conjuring (2013)
Modern day horrors never scare me.......until now!!
After reading some other reviews that have said that this film is wall to wall cliché I have to agree and disagree. Yes, there are clichés but the way they are transcended across the screen made them new again...if you know what I mean. Also, so what...if it scares you or at the very least creeps you out then it works!. The opening ten minutes with Annabelle the doll are really creepy (there's a good link on the message boards) which sets the pace for the rest of the film. Good character building and the fact that this is allegedly based on truth gives it that extra kick. I loved the portrayal of The Warrens as they seemed just as vulnerable in some respects as the family they were helping. I did at points watch this film through my fingers. Love it.
The World's End (2013)
The golden mile fell a few yards short
Sometimes when I watch a film it can take a little time to digest it for me to say that I either liked, loved, disliked or hated it. This was one of those films!........ I love Pegg, Frost & Wright from Spaced onwards. Shaun of the Dead...awesome, Hot Fuzz...what's not to like ....but The Worlds End took some time to come to conclusion on how I felt....how did you feel? I hear you ask.....well I liked it. It certainly is the weakest of the three in the Cornetto Trilogy but can still stand up straight and be counted as really good film. It took some time to get started and from the off you can't really bond with Pegg's character.....but perhaps that's a good thing as he is pretty much a loser. There are some generally funny moments/lines in this film but none that I can see being quoted like in Shaun or Fuzz. I have to admit the bit where Gary King (Pegg) confronts the entity whilst surrounded by the 'smashy smashy egg men' was kinda stupid and left me thinking was this the best that Pegg & Wright could come up with.....that said the fight scenes were really good and the special effects were awesome. I loved the fact that Nick Frosts character wasn't the side kick and for a big guy could quite move when kicking ass (or arse depending on how you want to say it). The final scene was a great homage to the post apocalyptic films and was quite uplifting to see that even though King was a loser before now he was back on top. All in all an enjoyable film but if you we're going to have a DVD fest with the Trilogy I would watch them in reverse order ending on the best last.
Evil Dead (2013)
They'll swallow your soul but I doubt they could swallow this garbage
I really wanted to like this film...honestly I did, but the film was flawed from the start. This remake of what has become a horror cult classic could not compare. A poor pretender to the throne if you will. Firstly there wasn't even a hint if humour in this film like the original. Secondly, the main girls back story wasn't really something that endeared the viewer to her plight. Half way through I actually rooted for the demons. I guess the one thing I liked about the wasted time I spent with this film was trying to see how many references I could pick up as homage to the original three movies. I am so pleased however that the lead guy did not say 'workshed' or 'groovy'. My advice is this: watch the Bruce Campbell version, it may not be as slick but it sure is better than this.
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World War Z (2013)
OK.....Firstly I am not a great lover of zombies that can run....however, I can move with the times and if that's what the kids want these days then so be it......Secondly I am not a fan of overused CGI but you can't go back to the days of Rick Baker. That said I found World War Z a really good film. I eagerly anticipated the release of this film and I wasn't disappointed. Those who slated this film really need to watch it again. The story line was good, if a little far fetched at times (but we are talking about a pandemic Zombie virus here) and the action sequences were well paced with the...well...not so action scenes...also there was some humour which was needed. The film gave the viewer the chance to figure things out for themselves rather than giving hugely over explained scenes that would've slowed the pace which I feel was one of its stronger points.
So to all those reviewers who went to the premier or got tickets to see it at a film festival remember the film is there to entertain the masses and not just you so don't analyse the relationship between director and star or talk about how we've seen it all before in 28 days later......BECAUSE 28 DAYS LATER IS NOT A ZOMBIE FILM, THEY WERE INFECTED WITH RAGE.......ahem.....I digress .....my point is that this is a good action film and definitely one to see. Enjoy.
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
A squalid gem of a film
This was a film that I had heard about and have been meaning to watch for some time now. After reading reviews here on IMDb beforehand I was expecting a good film...and that is exactly what I got.the film really captures the era and how close the social boundaries were geographically. John Voight really did exude the naivety of his character without going over the line and becoming stupid or simple and yet still managed to command a presence in the relationship with Rizzo. Dustin Hoffman was pure magic in this film, you could almost taste the squalid stench of him and where he lived but although trying to survive was just as lonely as Joe and equally as vulnerable. The flashback scenes may have been a bit tacky (as stated by another reviewer) but still had a place showing that they dreamed of a better life away from the hardship they faced every day. In the end they escaped perhaps one day to late and what could have seen the lead characters better their lives it left us, the viewer feeling the loss of someone who just needed love.
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The Sitter (2011)
What an adventure.......hey!, wait a second.....
OK...I kinda like Jonah Hill films. So what if they can be a little childish, I enjoy that sometimes. When I sat down to watch this film I was met with the same expectations so I wasn't disappointed......however, I could help notice similarities between this movie and a retro classic 'Adventures in Babysitting' with Elizabeth Shue. The nasty selfish partner, the three kids all with something to offer as well as overcoming their own personal problems, the criminals to say the least. It was a shame as I felt duped in thinking this may be an original story but the overlords of the film industry have done it again and just rehashed an '80's film and spoon fed it to the new generation as an stand alone film.....it was watchable and it wasn't the worst way to spend some time but i shall be showing my kids the one with Handsome John Prewitt in it.....
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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Did someone get paid for writing this film
I am a die hard fan, the original was awesome. Number 2 was OK. 3 was good and 4 was, again OK, but this one was simply awful. It was retro the fact they made the Russians the bad guys instead of the Middle East but that didn't stop the film having no substance or depth. It seems that Die Hard4.0 and this one were more about John McClane reconnecting with his kids who require explosions, near death experiences and exploding helicopters (as in 1,3 &4.....was there one in number 2 i can't remember) to call him dad at the end of the movie. Hence the last scene where they all walk off together. What is next Die Hard 6: night on the town with Holly Genero where John finds himself in china town where he stumbles across the Akuza smuggling guns.......it's practically written.......but count me out.
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